Photos – The Monica Puig Story

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Monica Puig Marchán (born September 27, 1993) is a Puerto Rican professional tennis player and the reigning Olympic champion.

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She is also a Central American and Caribbean champion and Pan American silver medalist.

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She is the first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal representing Puerto Rico.

Having turned professional in 2010, Puig has won two WTA singles titles and six ITF singles titles.

On 26 September 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 27. On 25 May 2015, she peaked at No. 210 in the doubles rankings.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Puig created history by becoming the first Puerto Rican athlete to win the gold medal and the ninth overall medalist for that delegation.

With the feat, she also became the first Latin American champion in the women’s singles discipline, and is the only unseeded female player to win the gold medal since the reintroduction of tennis in 1988.

Monica Puig Marchán was born to a Cuban American father, José Puig, and a Puerto Rican mother, Astrid Marchán.

Puig stated her grandparents are Catalan.

 She has a brother named Ricardo “Ricky” Puig.

Image Courtesy –  Monica Puig (Instagram)

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